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A Guest Post: By Yolanda De Iuliis

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About the author:

Yolanda De Iuliis was born in North Ayrshire, Scotland, in 1985. She grew up with an Italian/Irish background which soon led to an awareness of identity confusion within herself. From the age of 20 she left the countryside to explore not only city life but to encounter the other side of the world and for over ten years has been travelling to every continent to gain as much knowledge and experience as possible. After ten years of writing and collecting her autobiographical poetry she published Underneath my Soul (2015) which shows her growing from adolescence to adulthood using only poetry as a means of telling her story.

 

De Iuliis resides in her home town of Irvine, Ayrshire, for the time being and her current academic venture is Classical Studies combined with Modern Greek. French and Greek philosophies have also been studied and observed to motivate her mind in producing different thoughts and ideas. Her passion to write and provide an insight for others is not only her mission but her reason to exist.

Amazon:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Memoirs-I-Yolanda-Iuliis/dp/0993597106/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1464163511&sr=8-1

Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29993192-the-memoirs-of-i

Official website:

http://www.yolandadeiuliis.com/

 

Hi Catherine,

Thank you for inviting me to your blog and allowing me to tell you all about my book 🙂

“We must conquer our own mind before delving into other minds”

Tuesday 9th December 2014

The start of something that I did not realise would be a one year project and journey.

During this time in 2014 I was going through some personal struggles, troubles and upheavals.  My mind set was not the strongest or the most focused it could have been and has been in the past.  Working real hard in a job which never fulfilled me, trying my very best at university with what seemed to be no hope in passing and barely paying my bills for a place I did not own.  It was a lonely time full of change and I was disappointed with the way my life was going, it seemed out of control and I could not bare this feeling anymore.  I wanted and needed things to change therefore I started to think of the change and wrote it down.  I began to write every day with whatever I was feeling, to talk to someone and to have a friend always in my mind.  Something strange started to happen whilst writing, I began to self reflect in every matter of life and my surroundings. I learned quickly that these surroundings made me who I am and pushed these thoughts into my soul.  I didn’t want to be inspired, I wanted to be the one to inspire others therefore I started to teach myself on how I could teach others by helping them through their struggles.

The first job was to help myself therefore in The Memoirs of ‘I’ (part 1- the first 6 months) is important for the reader to understand my struggles, thoughts, ideas and crazy mind.  The reader is my therapist plus my best friend and with this help brings me to write (part 2 – the last 6 months) which in turn helps the reader through their own struggles.  I give advice and reflect on matters differently and ask them questions.  I propose them to think about their own world in a way that they may never have wondered before.

I speak of matters which are sometimes ignored by the masses in regards to religion, politics, slavery, life, existence, aliens, spirits, gods, travels, poverty and every other wonder you could imagine! The purpose – To open ones mind and bring out the child within them and the sensible adult which is all in us but we push away because of different circumstances.

Writing every day was a struggle, not because I had nothing to speak about… but due to the fact that I was thinking and analysing what most of us hide behind.  I needed to push through and do it though as I would never learn about myself and which path I wanted to head down.  I don’t preach to know all the answers, but I question all to try to find some answers.  I have given the reader some blank pages to write down their own thoughts, feelings and ideas which may have occurred whilst reading my mind.

The Memoirs of ‘I’ has been one experiment in which I will never forget and I will try to remember my own advices to bring a better smile to my world and yours.

“To sought out solace within yourself is the most difficult challenge and is quickly ignored by many, it can only be achieved when you find truth within oneself”

“Stop following the con artists, instead become the greatest and brightest artist ever to exist and let others follow your light instead”

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The Memoirs of ‘I’ by Yolanda De Iuliis

To make one think is to change a generation, to build one thought is to grow a better world.

In The Memoirs of ‘I’, De Iuliis covers the years 2014 to 2015, providing a daily encounter with her writings, visions, dreams and thoughts, allowing you to see the world from a different perspective. Philosophical and soulful, these memoirs offer an account of a character struggling to self reflect on a daily basis, presenting a wonderful insight into the mind of a thinker.

This is a book that should be read by anyone who wishes to see through another’s eyes, or by those who want to look anew at the simple and extreme thoughts lying behind our existence.

My Thoughts:

Firstly, I would like to thank Yolanda for contacting me and writing a guest post for my readers.  I really look forward to reading Yolanda’s memoirs and will be following up with an honest review of her work in the near future as I am currently closed for review submissions until January next year.

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No Grey Areas: By Joseph N Gagliano

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“No Grey Areas is compelling memoir of Joseph N. Gagliano who orchestrated one of the largest shaving scandals in sports history. Within the pages readers will get a backstage pass into Joe’s personal story of greed, the consequences and his harrowing ride to redemption.”    https://walkerputsche.wordpress.com/

Before I read this book I had very little knowledge about the shaving scandal of 1994 and the sports gambling industry. Gagliano recounts and shares his story through a first-person narrative which is brutally honest and easy to follow, from the onset of the scandal to the devastating aftermath and how his life changed forever after it.

To be honest, I am not really a sports enthusiast but I was impressed by this book, it is well-written, compelling and an honest confession of a man who made some really poor choices when his fortune disappeared through “grey areas” of selfishness, greed, scandal and corruption.  Galliano’s unique and excruciating journey to atonement is inspirational and I would highly recommend it readers who enjoy memoirs about the sports industry.

Disclosure: I received this book free from The Cadence Group in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

My Ranking: 4.5 Stars

Mother Moon: By Bob Goddard

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“Goddard’s elegantly constructed novel evokes some of the finest traditions in science fiction, with a near future setting where the fate of humankind rests in the hands of a small colony of lunar-based scientists.” https://walkerputsche.wordpress.com/

Mother Moon is primarily set in the year 2087 and also on Earth in 1504.  These two unique stories run parallel along each other and although it is difficult to imagine at first how these two different stories link together through time and space, they do however reach a fascinating outcome, one that I didn’t see coming and I would highly recommend this book to readers who enjoy thought-provoking fiction.

I found the writing to be beautifully crafted with many remarkable, imaginative and breathtaking scenes. Goddard combines a gripping story with strong characterizations while maintaining an adventurous plot that deals with science and technology that is and will be used in the near future.

My Ranking: 5 Stars

Nanodaemons: By George Saoulidis

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“George Saoulidis Nanodaemons is a remarkably cultivated novel… his pacing is brisk, his scientific reckoning well-informed and plausible and his characterisation nothing short of outstanding.”  https://walkerputsche.wordpress.com/

In the opening chapters the reader is introduced to a number of daemons who are trying to find their way around their Users newly fitted prosthetic arm after a construction accident.  The User is a likable hero called Leo, who loves dogs and is framed for murder.

Basically, without giving too much of the plot away the humorous daemons who fight among each other try to help Leo overcome the opposition.

Nanodaemons is a fast-paced, action-packed thriller that is loaded with laugh-out-loud cyber dialogue, along with an interesting tale of redemption and I would highly recommend it to all cyberpunk fans out there who have a good sense of humour.

My Ranking: 4.5 Stars

Ice Cream Man By Evan Bollinger

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“Bollinger constructs a plot similar to a jigsaw puzzle with thousands of pieces that eventually all come together towards the end in a way I never imagined.” https://walkerputsche.wordpress.com/

The story follows main protagonist, Lacy Stamford, a single mum who is trying hard to keep her life and the life of her children on track after the death of her husband several years ago. All of a sudden Lacy’s life is thrown into turmoil when she returns from a simple shopping errand to discover her house is on fire and that this is just the start of the horror she and her children will face in the coming days of the unexplainable house fires, hotter than hot temperatures, spontaneous combustion and people going missing.

Ice Cream Man is a taunt thriller that is infused with horror and sci-fi elements and I would recommend it to readers who enjoy dark themed and thought-provoking fiction.

My Ranking: 5 Stars

Could 2022 be a glimpse into our own future?

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Percipience Series Book 1
By Ken Kroes

“Percipience Series is fiction at its best with a compelling factual basis. Kroes eco terrorism thriller is unsettling and puts a lot into perspective about our social structure and partnership with Mother Earth. When I read this novel, I came away with the chilling notion that it could happen sometime in the near future.” https://walkerputsche.wordpress.com/

Kroes first offering in the eco terrorism thriller genre, 2022, centres on global intimidation made by an eco terrorist constitution and the attempts to try to stop them in their tracks while setting up a large-scale experiment for sustainable living.

Perhaps the biggest element of surprise for me was the size of global themes Kroes explores. These themes not only raise awareness of important global issues we face in life, they also educate, provoke and motivate us in to doing something positive to try to save the world as we know it, before it is too late. I also admire the author’s uncanny ability to combine, espionage, murder, revenge and a hint of romance to spice up the thrillingly relentless plot.

Could 2022 be a glimpse into our own future?

I can’t wait to read the rest of the series to find out what happens and I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fiction which explores problems that surround our precious planet.

Disclosure: I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

My Ranking: 5 Stars

A Writer With A Unique Voice

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By R.L. Baxter

Only a writer of immense confidence and talent can fashion a story that chronicles an ordinary young women from her London home to a magical and fantastical place. R.L. Baxter demonstrates his ability in this short story that follows a misguided young woman called, Ophelia on a mission to eradicate and destroy everything she dislikes with the use of her magical wands that are parting gift by goddess Athena, in the magical world of Pecopia. Instead of using the magical wands of wonder and destruction to help humanity, Ophelia uses the wands for evil and revenge that will destroy the world unless a miracle intervention can stop her from ruining humankind before it is too late.

I would highly recommend this short story to readers who enjoy sci-fi and fantasy.

My Ranking: 5 Stars

 

Calhoun: Sacrifice By Joe Mansour

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“Calhoun: Sacrifice is a taut, fast-paced action thriller that marks the beginning of a promising mystery series, and is proof that a flawed protagonist can still earn sympathy.” https://walkerputsche.wordpress.com/

The story follows main protagonist, James Calhoun, who was once a solider until an IED attack tears his life apart. He is now divorced and down on his luck, as he has to rely on disability benefits to get by and attend anger management classes to calm his ferocious temper and bitterness. His only real solace is the weekly visit to his daughter who he treasures with all his heart.

The story opens with a brutal murder and a disturbing phone call from James ex-wife who informs him that her husband has been killed and their daughter’s life is now in the hands of a religious cult who want to use her as a sacrifice to resurrect a Dark God, unless James can find the cult a replacement girl in just three days time. Faced with a number of deep and disturbing moral questions, James in forced from one deadly situation to the next, almost simultaneously and finds himself caught up in an unrelenting game of life and death.

One or two words I would use to describe this book are, mysterious and unsettling. Mansour manages to build influential narratives with a number of well-developed characters ‘along with a relentlessly chilling plot.

My Ranking: 4 Stars

Book Review: White Is the Coldest Colour (Dr David Galbraith #1) By John Nicholl

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White Is the Coldest Colour is a thought-provoking, dark and gripping psychological thriller that moves briskly from the beginning to the end. Nicholl draws incisive attention to a number of disturbing issues that explore humanities seemingly unlimited capacity for evil.” https://walkerputsche.wordpress.com/

The story is set in 1992 and follows Dr David Galbraith, a vicious and predatory paedophile who works as a child psychiatrist in the South West Wales Area. Galbraith who has avoided detection for over thirty years is forced to keep his true nature secret from the world at large, as he has already murdered one child in his sound-proofed cellar at his family home and is looking for more unfortunate victims to fulfil his obsessive and grotesque fantasies.

Anthony Mailer, a seven-year old boy becomes Galbraith´s new patient and next major fixation. Anthony is referred by his GP to be counselled by Galbraith, as he develops various behavioural problems just after his parent’s separation. The Mailer family however are unaware of the horrific threat that awaits them at the hands of Galbraith and are equally unprepared that they must fight to try and stay alive against a number of life-threatening odds?

This novel is entirely fictional and draws upon the author’s experiences as a police officer and child protection social worker and exposes the real risks and harm that sexual predators inflict on their victims and is dedicated to survivors everywhere. I was literally blown away by this book and can’t wait to read the chilling sequel.
My Ranking: 5 Stars

The Thief and the Sacrifice: By Kevin. C Bennett

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“The Thief and the Sacrifice is a fast-paced fantasy adventure that transports readers back and forth to some fascinating worlds, where creatures are alien, giants are among giants and humans have the ability to change their forms.” https://walkerputsche.wordpress.com/

The story begins when G.I. Floyd Sandburg is left stranded in a cave after his capture from the Nazis in Afghanistan during WWII. Sometime after his capture Floyd discovers an ancient pen sized artefact that has the power to help him escape and transport him to place to place, location to location and time zone to time zone. Floyd finds himself in a struggle that has been in place since evolution and his only chances of survival are to avoid capture as the ongoing threat of a horrifying death awaits him if he fails to save Earth and his own soul in time as he questions what will be required of him in the coming days? Unaware that his entire salvation lies within the artefact and his choices will have considerable consequences of a theological magnitude.

Bennett successfully weaves two unique tales together that will give the reader a real insight into what a person with good morals may do when they are given too much power. The other tale gives the reader some idea of what the world may have been like before the deluge of Genesis. I would definitely recommend this book to fans of Sci-fi and fantasy, and to anyone who enjoys a highly imaginative story with strong characters, places and events that’s rooted in reality, theology and human nature.

My Ranking: 5 Stars